An Ugly Night … An Ugly Loss – Cubs 5 Phillies 12

Game One Hundred-Twelve – Cubs 5 Phillies 12
WP – Pedro Martinez (1-0) LP – Jeff Samardzija (1-2) Save – None

Wednesday night was an ugly, ugly game for more than one reason. Not only did the Chicago Cubs forget to show up once again, a so-called ‘fan‘ tossed a cup full of beer onto the field in the bottom of the fifth inning that hit Shane Victorino. No matter how bad your favorite team is playing that does not give anyone the right to throw object onto the field, much less at a player. What that ‘fan‘ did on Wednesday was a classless act and will hopefully be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. The phrase the CCO coined, as well as the motto of the site, Stay Classy Cubs Fans came to mind as the scene was unfolding.

Lou Piniella’s crew lost for the sixth time in their last seven games, as they appeared to go threw the motions again. Pedro Martinez picked up his first win of the year after the Phillies gave him a 12-1 cushion after three and a half innings.

In the worst inning of the year for the Cubs, the Phillies scored eight times, hit a pair of three-run homers, both off of Sean Marshall, and sent 13 to the plate. The eight runs allowed by Jeff Samardzija and Sean Marshall were the most given up in a single inning by the Cubs since July of 2006 against the New York Mets. The Phillies showed the Cubs how to hit the ball all over the park once again … basically ‘how the big boys play ball‘. The Cubs looked lifeless in the first three innings … then were embarrassed in the fourth.

Jeff Samardzija, in his first big league start, barely made it out of the first inning. The Phillies scored two runs on three consecutive extra base hits … a triple by Shane Victorino, a double by Chase Utley and a triple by Ryan Howard. Samardzija struggled with his command and the Phillies were sitting on his fastball.

Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino gave the Phillies a 4-1 lead in the third inning … on two more extra base hits off of Jeff Samardzija. Rollins led off the third with a double to left center that Alfonso Soriano misplayed. Victorino followed with his ninth homer of the year. The first five hits given up by ‘The Shark‘ on Wednesday night went for extra bases … two doubles, two triples and a home run.

The Cubs’ pitching staff allowed at least 11 runs for the third time in four games.

The Cubs lack of offense was not a factor after the fourth inning. They made Pedro Martinez work, if the Phillies were not up by such a large margin, Charlie Manuel probably would not have left him in long enough to qualify for the win.

Ryan Theriot tied a career-high set in 2007 on Wednesday night. Theriot drove in Koyie Hill with a single to right center in the bottom of the ninth for his 45th RBI of the season.

The Cubs lost their fourth game in a row and slipped to just four games above .500 for the year. The loss also dropped them to four games behind the Cardinals in the division after the Reds fell to the Cardinals in St. Louis, 5-2 …

Maybe, just maybe Wednesday night will wake the Chicago Cubs up from their nap. They have continued to digress after being shutout last Wednesday night in Cincinnati. On a daily basis it is one thing after the other with this bunch. It is poor pitching one day, lack of hustle the other, more injuries the next … not to mention all of the physical mistakes and mental mistakes that have cost this ‘team‘ games over the last week.

For a team with post-season aspirations, they sure have a hard time playing with any consistency and desire.

The Cubs scratched out a run in the second inning off of Pedro Martinez. Kosuke Fukudome led off the inning with a double of the vines in center. Alfonso Soriano struck out on three pitches, but Jeff Baker delivered a single into left that plated Fukudome … 2-1 Phillies at the time.

Down by a score of 12-1, Koyie Hill led off the fifth with a single to center. Sean Marshall walked, the only walk of the night for the Cubs. Ryan Theriot singled to center and loaded the bases with no outs.

Milton Bradley lined Martinez’s first pitch just over Chase Utley’s head. Hill scored, 12-2 Phillies. Derrek Lee fouled out and Jake Fox hit a sacrifice fly to left center … that just missed leaving the park. Shane Victorino caught the ball was hit by the cup of beer and Sean Marshall scored the Cubs’ third run. Kosuke Fukudome flied out to left for the final out of the inning.

The Cubs last two runs came in the ninth against Chad Durbin. Sam Fuld lined on a one-out single to left. Koyie Hill reached on an error by Eric Bruntlett at second. With runners on first and third with one out, Aaron Miles hit a weak grounder to first that plated Fuld with the Cubs’ fourth run. Ryan Theriot followed with his 45th RBI of the year, a single to center. Hill scored but Geovany Soto grounded out to third for the 27th out …

The top of the fourth inning was the worst inning under Lou Piniella. With the Phillies up 4-1, Jayson Werth led off with a single to right. Pedro Feliz blooped a single into left. Carlos Ruiz singled to center. Kosuke Fukudome missed the cut off man and his throw was up the third base line. Hill could not make a play, Kosuke was charged with his second error of the year … and the runners advanced to second and third.

Pedro Martinez grounded out to second, with the infield in, for the first out. With the Phillies order turning over for the third time, Piniella went to his pen for Sean Marshall.

Jimmy Rollins ripped Marshall’s first pitch into the bleachers in left … 8-1 Phillies. Victorino grounded out but Utley singled to right. Marshall then walked Ryan Howard. Raul Ibanez hit a three-run shot into the bleachers in left on a 3-1 pitch … 11-1 Phillies, but they were not done.

Jayson Werth doubled off the wall in left … another ball that Soriano should have caught. Pedro Feliz singled to center, Werth scored, 12-1 Phillies. Marshall walked Carlos Ruiz but struck out Pedro Martinez to end the inning.

Thursday is a new day …

Box Score from Yahoo Sports

Ryan Dempster is scheduled to face Cliff Lee in the series finale on Thursday afternoon.

Quote of the Day

"Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time." - Betsy Smith

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